Explain JavaScript "this" keyword?

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The JavaScript this keyword references the object to which it belongs. It can refer to the global object if alone or inside a function. It refers to the owner object if inside a method and refers to the HTML element that received the event in an event listener.


Following is the code for the JavaScript this Identifier −

 Live Demo

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en">
<meta charset="UTF-8" />
<meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1.0" />
   body {
      font-family: "Segoe UI", Tahoma, Geneva, Verdana, sans-serif;
   .sample {
      font-size: 18px;
      font-weight: 500;
      color: red;
<h1>JavaScript this Identifier</h1>
<div class="sample"></div>
<div class="result"></div>
<button class="Btn">CLICK HERE</button>
Click on the above button to see which object 'this' refers to in multiple
   let thisRef = this;
   let sampleEle = document.querySelector(".sample");
   function test() {
      return this;
   let testObj = {
      a: 22,
      check() {
         return this;
      () => {
         sampleEle.innerHTML = "This inside normal function = " + test() + "<br>";
         sampleEle.innerHTML += "This inside a method = " + testObj.check() + "<br>";
         sampleEle.innerHTML += "This without any scope = " + thisRef + "<br>";


The above code will produce the following output −

On clicking the “CLICK HERE” button −

Published on 15-Jul-2020 17:46:42